about The Medway Historical Society
The Medway Historical Society a 501C (3) non-profit.
Preserving the history of Medway since 1902
Established in 1902, the Medway Historical Society Museum has a large collection of tools, artifacts, paintings, clothing, dolls, journals and photographs from Medway history.
The Society also maintains a large library with many reference works about Medway, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, New England and New York including the Vital Records to 1850 of most Massachusetts towns.
In order to share our rich Medway history, the society provides programs for the public in the form of open houses, house tours and educational programming.
The museum is a treasure trove for the historian and genealogist for local history. We are a 501C (3) non-profit.
Medway Historical Society Board of Directors
Celebrating Over 120 Years Of Preserving and sharing Medway History
Originally, this area was home to the Nipmuc tribe of Native Americans. The first Anglo-Europeans started settling in the area in 1657 when the area was part of Medfield. In 1713, it officially became incorporate as the Town of Medway.
The predominant activity in Medway up until the mid 1800s was an agricultural community. As the industrial revolution gained traction Medway became a factory village. In the mid 20th century the factories dwindled and Medway became established as a suburban community.
The Mission Of The Medway Historical Society
The mission of the Medway Historical Society is to preserve, protect and share the history of Medway, Massachusetts. We accept donations of Medway-related materials. We regularly display Medway items in themed exhibit and we sponsor educational programs of interest to the public.
“The Medway Historical Society is an important resource for the town of Medway both to honor its past and to preserve the character that shaped the town and made it what it is today.”
– President, Medway Historical Society
Grace Griffith Hoag
Grace Griffith Hoag was a long director of the Medway Historical Society and generous benefactor. She was the co-author or editor of several books including Kate Hill Kelley : letters from Vermont families, 1850-1889 ; Images of America – Medway; and Tricentennial Handbook of Medway History: A Chronicle of Medway Life 1914-2013.
Priscilla Howker was the long-time Curator for the Medway Historical Society and co-author of Images of America – Medway and Tricentennial Handbook of Medway History: A Chronicle of Medway Life 1914-2013.
Audrey Ritter was a Director of the Medway Historical Society She became Curator for the society’s collection when Priscilla Howker retired from that role. She was co-author of Tricentennial Handbook of Medway History: A Chronicle of Medway Life 1914-2013.
Iyawata Schneider was a long time Director of the Medway Historical Society